posted on Sep, 14 2014 @ 06:00 PM
Modern music, or at least a lot of the popular music, is a far cry from what music used to be. There has been an increase in understanding what makes
pop music catchy and appealing, and this is the type of crap that is churned out over and over again. The major music producers and songwriters will
go on churning out this same stuff. Some may say there is nothing wrong with that, but I want artists to write their own songs. Most people think they
are on somewhat intimate terms with the performer, like the performer has laid themselves bare by writing a song, when in reality they are just the
"talent" where performing is concerned. It has never been easier to go into a studio and make anyone, whether they're talented or not, sound good.
And there have been major leaps in making even untalented performers sound good live. So theoretically a major music label could take anybody who has
the right "look" and make them into a star.
And this is in my opinion what has been occurring. The performers are no more talented than any of the other millions of people who can sing and
dance, and these performers can write music no better. I'm sure there are many more talented people out there who aren't famous, people who could
write their own hits if they had the backing of a major label behind them, meaning studio time, having the freedom to not have to work another job,
This is why I have much more respect for two types of artists: those who write their own music, and those who actually perform their own music.
Meaning those artists who actually play instruments and do it all, both in the studio and on stage. I think we will see less talented musicians being
at the top of the charts as time goes on, as it doesn't take as much talent anymore. Having played in bands and been around very talented musicians
for much of my life, I know for a fact that some of these people are much more talented than a lot of the people who have become famous. It is not
about talent. The majority do not care about talent.
The majority of people do not care that the artists they idolize are frauds to a certain extent. Again, not all artists, but there has been an
increasing trend. This is not to say that there weren't professional, non-performing songwriters around in the heyday of live music, but the majority
of performers wrote the majority of their songs. I bet that many top artists today write only one or two songs, if any, on an entire album. Or they
probably have professionals go over them to "fix" them, because the artist cannot create a hit on their own.
I mean does anyone get what I'm saying? Does anyone agree that it seems strange for so many hits from a variety of artists to be written by a single
person that nobody has ever heard of? What I mean is that it just doesn't seem "right" to a certain extent. It just feels to me like this is the
wrong direction for music in general. Perhaps I am overreacting, and I admit that is a possibility. And it is not like there is ONLY this type of
music available. The internet allows people to hear just about anything they want, which is great. But then you have the whole idea of organizations
like the RCAA, which is ridiculous in my opinion. monopolization of the music industry is taking music in a direction that I do not care for.
And it is becoming increasingly more difficult for actual performing bands and those who create their own music to retain complete control over their
work. Those who do retain such rights are the lucky ones, and are probably the minority. If they are not the minority right now, they will be in the
future. So anyway, you have the actual talented people who can create hits, but who don't have the right image or the desire to be performers,
creating the content that others are masquerading as their own. I just see something inherently wrong with that. I am not saying it will be the end of
true "music," rather I am just saying that it is setting a precedent that will be with us for a long time to come. I understand that many people
probably don't have a problem with that, and that is your prerogative. I am just stating my personal opinion, as music in general is a highly